Year of Chicago Music > Band Roster
Chicago is a global music leader. Its musical heritage is legendary as the birthplace of house and gospel music, urban blues and modern jazz, and today’s music scene is as strong as ever, spanning across genres including hip hop, gospel, indie rock, experimental, jazz, Latinx, classical and more. We are a city of stunning music halls, authentic neighborhood clubs, world-class festivals and a youth music scene that is lively and inspiring. In support of Chicago’s thriving music industry, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2020 as the “Year of Chicago Music.”
As a part of the Year of Chicago Music, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) will launch the Chicago Band Roster, a searchable database of high-quality musical performers that are based in the Chicagoland area. The program aims to increase meaningful performance opportunities for Chicago-based musicians.
Ensembles of all musical genres are encouraged to apply to be listed on the Chicago Band Roster. Following the competitive applications process, the Chicago Band Roster will be posted on the DCASE website as a resource for residents and organizations looking to present high-quality music programs. The roster may also be used by DCASE staff to program festivals and events produced by the City of Chicago including DCASE’s new Neighborhood Concerts Program.
The Neighborhood Concerts program will support free programs in neighborhoods throughout the city, with a specific emphasis on Chicago’s south and west side neighborhoods. For participating neighborhood programs, the event presenters will select musicians from the Chicago Band Roster, and DCASE will pay the musician directly at rates established below. Neighborhood program presenters are responsible for coordinating production logistics with musicians, marketing the event and communicating program information to DCASE staff.
During the citywide, year-long Year of Chicago Music initiative, DCASE will work with key industry leaders and organizations to convene public and private resources in support of Chicago’s music industry. The goal is to place a spotlight on Chicago’s music landscape – one of the most influential and dynamic musical sectors on the globe – highlighting its legacy, expanding its audience and strengthening it through programs that support musicians and sustain creative and cultural development with a focus on the south and west sides of the City.
Applications must be submitted at the online application on Cybergrants by Friday, January 31, 2020, at 5pm CST. Selected applicants will be notified by March 2020. Apply at: cybergrants.com/dcase/grants/2020DCASEBandRosterApplication
Chicago Band Roster Information Sessions will be held at the following dates/locations:
Friday December 27, 2019, 2–3pm
South Chicago Public Library, 9055 S. Houston Ave.
Monday December 30, 2019, 1–2pm
Austin Chicago Public Library, 5615 W. Racine Ave.
Tuesday January 14, 2020, 10am–Noon
Kusanya Café, 825 W. 69th St.
Wednesday January 15, 2020, 11am–12:30pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 5th Floor Garland Room
Wednesday January 15, 2020, 5:30–7pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor Conference Room